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My Top 10 Favorite Android Keyboards

Posted by foreualways on August 22, 2013

1) Swiftkey ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey )
2) A.I. Type Plus ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aitype.android.p )
3) Google Keyboard ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin )
4) Kii Keyboard ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zl.inputmethod.latin )
5) Ultra Keyboard Pro ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.binarybulge.android.apps.keyboard.full )
6) Swype by Nuance ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nuance.swype.trial )
7) TouchPal Wave (Beta) ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cootek.smartinputv5.wave )
8) MessagEase ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb )
9) Perfect Keyboard Pro ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=inputmethod.latin.perfectkeyboard )
10) Tio Keyboard ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiveexamples.inputmethod.tio )

What is your favorite keyboard on your mobile device?

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A QR Barcode Reader –

Posted by foreualways on February 14, 2012

If you go to my twitter account, you’ll see I have a QR Barcode as my profile picture. Now if you have a QR Code reader on your mobile device or desktop / laptop, you can go ahead and scan my profile picture in, it will give you my name and email, as well as a link to my WordPress blog.
Note: That if you have any of the a kind of apps that I refer to, or you just already know how to do this then you can scan any of the QR Codes I this article, well except for the small one in the second picture. I believe it too small….

Here a picture of a portion of my twitter profile….

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You can go ahead and scan the QR Barcode if you have QR Barcode app on your cell phone. I made that code with a app for Google Chrome, called http://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/. This app can be used in any browser, well actually it just a link to a website that will generate the code for you, then you can download it, share it, etc!

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Now you can go ahead and click on the Generate button and you get this….

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I then downloaded it to my computer then uploaded it to my profile on Twitter!

I have since found a desktop QR Code reader / generator that I like. Note that I am using Windows Vista 64 bit, and I didn’t change / set up / or do anything that they suggested for Vista or Windows 7. If you go to the link then you will see a version for iPhone, Windows 7 Phone, Windows, Mac, Browser Extensions and Android. Along with a few other mobile os’s. I didn’t a version for Linux, or any variation of it, I also didn’t see a Blackberry version as well!

Here the link……http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/downloadMain.asp.

I have this desktop software, as well as the Android version of it and it works nicely! So far….Fingers crossed

Here the screen captures for the Quickmark software mentioned above. If I did it right they should explain themselves along the way!  

This is for reading QR Codes from your desktop computer~

 

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Step 1) Get the QR Code in your computer ready! I used Windows Explorer, click on Views, then select Extra Large Icons.

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2012-01-30_035917 Step 2) Now be aware, that as scary as that picture is – it is me! OK now, that the webcam on my laptop. Just click where the blue arrow is pointing! You can check the other buttons out later.
Now once you click the Screen Capture Mode button (where the blue arrow pointing), you will drag the grey box over the QR Code to be read / decoded!
2012-01-30_041524 Step 3) Now when you drag this grey window over the QR Code, you should have it aligned up like in the picture to your left. Once you do that you can click the grey button – with the orange circle, underneath the code. It call the Decode button.
Clicking the camera button will take you back to the screen in Step 2 (note: that it should be your mug in the frame this time, not mine! Nyah-Nyah
2012-01-30_042614 Step 4) The last step – well depending what else you do with this, but the last step for this little tutorial. If you did everything right you will see that the QR Code has been decoded, er read!
Now this is the code I made, with the first link way back at the top!
This program here can do the same thing! As in Step 2 and click the Generate button to create your own code!

Well have fun and see what else you can create code for!

I am using this software as well as their Android counter – part, I also use Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and ScanLife.
I like trying out multiple apps / software that serves the same purpose.

Security & Concerns

I should warn you there are some concerns when using a QR Code reader. Some people will scan a code and not realize that it will take them right to a negative/hacking/malicious websites!
The desktop software in the link above does not take you to a site. It show you the given information embedded in the QR-Code and if a link is there, you have to click on it to open your web browser!

Scanlife, will automatically open your web browser on your now Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and Quickmark (the mobile version of the Quickmark desktop software shown above are all safe! They do not go to your web browser unless you press on the link.

Where to get the software/apps

  1. The Quickmark desktop and mobile app for Android, Win7 Phone, iPhone, etc can be found at the link above as well as the link here….http://www.quickmark.cn/En/basic/index.asp.
  2. The Barcode Scanner can be found here…https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android.

Your App Store

Android Market – https://market.android.com/search?q=qr+code&c=apps
Windows Phone 7 – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/search?q=qr+scanner&x=0&y=0
iPhone – I don’t know, I am NOT downloading iTunes to find out! But I am sure there has to be some there beside what I mentioned already!

Well I hope you found this useful!

Have a great day!
Michael

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